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To be effective, software engineers must hone their problem-solving skills and master a complex craft that requires years of study and practice. Despite what newcomers might think, understanding a programming language, a framework or even algorithms is not the hard part of building software.
For example, languages are easy, especially the C-inspired imperative ones. There are only 32 keywords in the C language, and their meaning is easy to master:
C also has 14 pre-processor directives, which are also not difficult to understand: ...